Provins is a French commune located seventy-seven miles south-east of Paris, sub-prefecture of the department of Seine-et-Marne in the Île-de-France.
It is the chief town of the district and township. Its inhabitants are called Provinois.
Provins is a particular town, the town organize somes medieval shows and somes medieval animations at the image of the Puy du Fou, but Provins, unlike of Puy du Fou, is a town that really exists with its inhabitants, with her life, she's not an amusement park, unlike the Puy du Fou for exemple.
It's the only town in France who lives by and for the medieval!
Provins is listed since 13 December 2001 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
According to legend, his name would Provins vines Probus ("vinum Probi"): Probus, while Roman general would have stopped in the city to 271. Became emperor (276-282), he took measures to allow the cultivation of vines in Gaul, thereby canceling the edict of Domitian issued nearly two centuries earlier.
Provins is primarily a city dedicated to medieval times, its sights, events, its animations, all year long, make it a leading city in the Paris region, known for its medieval shows, like the Puy-du-Fou, in a another form is not there a park, but a real city, surrounded by ramparts! Her shows are wonderfull!! In the year 485, after his victory at Soissons, Clovis seized the Roman castrum of Provins.
Already showing some importance, since the beginning of the ninth century, Charlemagne sends Missi Dominici. Other evidence of a major role [Which?]: Provins strikes its own currency (the denier provinois).Provins will become at that time the third largest city in France after Paris and Rouen. Provins in the Middle Ages was one of the cities with the largest fairs of Champagne, when the city was under the protection of the Counts of Champagne. It is probably this period that left the most traces of Provins. According to the letters patent of Louis XI, the city retained its privileges well, especially to attract foreign merchants. The king himself visited the town of Provins 21 and 22 June 1479, before going to Dijon.
Currently, the traditional flea market on November 11, which takes place every year throughout the lower city, is reminiscent of the great fairs of yesteryear. This was the traditional fair of Saint-Martin, which marked the beginning of the period of hiring winter seasonal agricultural workers. This show is included in many cities of agricultural tradition.